Description

This was really fun. First time building a computer, used this site to research parts, and then slowly gathered the parts over a series of months. Once the final part came in, waited till I had a free couple of days and put her together. I've always pined over building a powerful computer, but never had the time to do it/ learn how to do it. Turns out it's not that hard! Really surprised how easy it came together.

The aim for was to create a powerful, silent daily driver: mainly for gaming, and for editing photos. After a few tweaks, I'm pretty happy with the result! Will be looking into a modest CPU overclock when I've got another bout of time.

Prices all in AUD!

Things I learned:

(1) Scythe Kotetsu provides additional washers to raise the heatsink a bit higher because of complaints that it was damaging the 1151 socket chips. But thermals take a BIG hit. My 6600k was idling at 40°C. Removed the washers and it fell to a nice 23-25°C.

(2) Don't put a PWM fan into the CPT_Opt header on the MB. Can't control it via the MB.

(3) Read the MB manual. The amount of times I freaked out because I was using the WRONG SCREW was priceless.

(4) Building a computer isn't hard!

Special comments about the parts:

(1) Why two SSDs?

I was intending to do a Hackintosh and Windows dual boot. But now just waiting for the drivers to catch up with the Pascal generation. The way things are going, I might be waiting a looong time.

(2) Phanteks fans?

Because of this review

Comments

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice work chief. Got moar pics of the finished build? Good name +1

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build+1

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, clean build. +1

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Such a nice, clean build. Love the scythe cooler and the G2 PSU!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

nice looking build. I thought you just went with the fans because of aesthetic, the case comes with near identical fans already. not a worthwhile change for performance or noise level. also, you lose some suction for intake mounting them outside like that.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Fair call. I'll look into moving the fans on the other side. I'm sure it won't affect it too much! :)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet build, simple write up.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Digging the build! I don't know if you considered this already, but have you considered changing the fan on your cpu heatsink to match. Check my build out if you wanna see what it looks like. I just don't know if it'll create clearance issues for you, but I think it would add a lot (at least aesthetically).

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice! Will look into it!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the motherboard? Does it perform well while overclock it?